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The House Party: A Short History of Leisure, Pleasure and the Country House Weekend

Adrian Tinniswood



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Faber & Faber
03 December 2019
Palaces, chateaux, country houses; History; Social & cultural history; Gardens (descriptions, history etc)
The House Party explores privilege and leisure from the viewpoint of the guest and the host, showing us what it was really like to spend a weekend with the Jazz Age industrialist, the bibulous belted earl, and the bright young thing. Tinniswood reveals how the great and good partied at mansions such as Knole and Dunham Massey, how Nancy Astor held court at Cliveden, and what a discreet weekend gathering at Winston Churchill's Chartwell might entail. Much like the very best country house party, this glorious book will keep you highly entertained.
By:   Adrian Tinniswood
Imprint:   Faber & Faber
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 10mm
Weight:   250g
ISBN:   9780571350964
ISBN 10:   0571350968
Pages:   144
Publication Date:   03 December 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Adrian Tinniswood is the author of fourteen books of social and architectural history. A Senior Research Fellow at University of Buckingham and a Visiting Fellow in Heritage and History at Bath Spa University, he worked for and with the National Trust for more than thirty years. In 2013 he was awarded an OBE for services to heritage. His most recent book is Behind the Throne: A Domestic History of the Royal Household. @AdeTinniswood

Reviews for The House Party: A Short History of Leisure, Pleasure and the Country House Weekend

Praise for The Long Weekend Delicious, occasionally fantastical, revealing in ways that Downton Abbey never was. It is as if Tinniswood is at the biggest, wildest, most luxuriantly decadent party ever thrown, and he knows everyone. Observer A deliciously jaunty and wonderfully knowledgeable book... Tinniswood displays a terrific insider's grasp of gossip ... A meticulous, irresistible story. Spectator Elegant, encyclopedic and entertaining ... A confident and skilled historian who understands the mores of his era and wears his learning lightly ... Deserves to be on every costume drama producer's bookshelf. Times

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